Pirates sign second-round pick LHP Anthony Solometo

PITTSBURGH — The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed second-round pick Anthony Solometo.

The Pirates gave the 18-year-old left-handed pitcher a $2.8 million signing bonus on Tuesday, nearly $1 million above the $1.99 million slot value for the 37th overall pick.

The signing came two days after Pittsburgh agreed to terms with top overall pick, catcher Henry Davis. Davis signed for $1.9 million under the slot value for the first overall pick, freeing up money for the Pirates to use in lower rounds of the draft.

Solometo went 4-0 with one save, a 0.21 ERA, 64 strikeouts and just five walks in 32.2 innings as a senior at Bishop Eustace Preparatory School in Pennsauken, New Jersey.

ā€œOnce my name was on the paper, a switch flipped and Iā€™m just ready to get to work and benefit this program as much as possible as soon as possible,ā€ Solometo said.

Solometo is the ninth Pirates’ draft pick to sign with the team.

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